Didier Osindero, BMus Violin

How long have you been playing the violin for?

Since I was four and a half, it’s something I’ve always done and it’s been part of my life since I can remember.

Why did you apply for the RNCM?

My previous violin teacher suggested I apply, and when I came to have a look around I really liked the atmosphere – it seemed friendly and open-minded.

How are you enjoying your studies?

My studies are going well. I think the course structure works really well. it’s diverse, flexible and keeps you busy – there’s always something happening or something to do. I was initially quite surprised at the variety of modules, it means that you don’t just focus on practicing your instrument. You get to do stuff like musicianship and improvising and a whole range of things that I didn’t realise I’d be getting involved with at music college. I’m also really enjoying musicianship classes, it’s something I haven’t really done before. We’re learning about arrangements, which is interesting.

How are you adapting to life in Manchester?

I moved here from St. Alban’s in Hertfordshire. I’m living in Charles Groves Hall, so right next door to the College, which is convenient because you can get to College so quickly and go back home between classes. It’s also really easy because you can walk pretty much anywhere close to the centre. Manchester itself I think is a great city.

Plans for the future?

Probably the thing I enjoy doing most is playing chamber music. If I could pursue a career as a chamber musician that would be amazing. At the RNCM Chamber Music Festival my quartet performed in the concert hall, which was great. At the moment I just want to learn as much as I can and take advantage of whatever performance opportunities might arise.